TCDD Honors 50 Years of DD Councils

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The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) is proud to be part of a nationwide network of state councils on developmental disabilities (DD) that works to ensure people with DD have services and supports that promote independence, integration, and inclusion in all facets of community life. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act), which established DD councils in all U.S. states and federal territories.

TCDD has made significant progress in the last 50 years in its commitment to strengthening the capacity of a comprehensive system of services and supports in Texas. Projects and public policy work supported by TCDD are helping people with DD achieve independence, productivity, and integration into their communities. There is still much more to do. Today, TCDD is dedicated to the self-determination of all Texans with DD and their families and is committed to ensuring that people from diverse cultures and people with disabilities of all types have access to resources without bias.

“TCDD stands by the individual rights of all Texans with DD to have options when deciding how to live their lives,” said Dr. Beth Stalvey, TCDD executive director. “Our Council is proud of many years of collaboration with self-advocates, families, and other partners to build a community that can support a variety of options to include individuals in all aspects of life.”

TCDD honors what has been accomplished over the last 50 years and will continue making strides toward advancing opportunities for all Texans with DD.